Companies should create more apprenticeships for women in the male dominated IT industry says leading entrepreneur.
"Private companies are beginning to take the lead in providing skills training and they should seize the opportunity to provide more apprenticeships for women in male dominated sectors. This is particularly true in the IT industry,” said Scott Fletcher - chairman and founder of UK cloud infrastructure specialists ANS Group
A recent report called ‘Women in the workplace’ and published by the Business, Innovation and Skills Select Committee called for more vocational training, especially for women, in the science, mathematics and technology sectors.
"We need to increase the flow of young talent into tech and engineering industries and attracting more women is an obvious answer. Currently a large proportion of female Stem graduates (science, technical, engineering and mathematics) are choosing careers in other industries,” said Mr Fletcher.
‘Women in the workplace’ states that between 2011/12 only 12% of apprenticeships in industrial sectors were occupied by women.
A report published earlier this year by the Institute of Physics (IOP) found that half of all the co-ed schools in the UK did not put forward a single female student to sit an A-level in physics.
"It seems that Britain’s schools have pigeon holed physics as a ‘boys’ subject which is a notion that needs to be eradicated immediately,” said Mr Fletcher.
Scott Fletcher has been a consistent campaigner for reform of the way computing skills are taught to young people. His address to last year’s Knowledge & Innovation in Manchester Event concentrated on creating the correct environment of young talent to develop and grow through school, university and apprenticeships.
"Providing on-the-job apprenticeship training is every bit as vital as finding tech and science graduates. We find time and time again that young people aren’t leaving school with the skills they need to begin a career in a tech industry,” he said.
"The IT industry is obviously fluid and businesses need to re-invent themselves every few years. There is no sitting back on past glories in our industry and young talent is the essential fuel for that re-invention,” stated Mr Fletcher.
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